Walks in the Park with Friends of Baxter State Park
Each year, a few members of Friends of Baxter State Park make the journey to Millinocket on Opening Day, the day after Martin Luther King Day, and stand in line in sub-zero weather to make reservations for Walks in the Park. Now, be forewarned. A “Walk” in the Park can be just that, a walk; but it can also be a backcountry camping trip, a mountain ascent, or a guided geology tour.
We invite you to join other Friends in the Park. Cabin, bunkhouse, lean-to – we’ve got some of each lined up for each season, in the north and in the south of the Park. We’ve arranged for a winter ski trip to Katahdin Lake as well as what has become known as the “Warm” Winter Weekend in cabins accessible by car. Most trips are two or three nights, but some are shorter day trips.
Warm Winter Weekend on March 13, 14, and 15 (3 nights) at Twin Pine Camps at New England Outdoor Center on Millinocket Lake. . To reserve yourself a place now call NEOC at 1-800-766-7238 and ask to join Friends of Baxter State Park’s reservation # 54631. Total cost for the weekend lodging is $122.80, even if you decide to stay for fewer nights. After you have made your reservations, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-505-5779 so we can include in in group emails about provisioning and other details. Trip Information (PDF).
July 19: South Turner (Day Hike) Family Hike of South Turner. South Turner has some of the best views in the Park for only a four mile round trip hike, with great wildlife watching at Sandy Stream Pond along the way. You may want to get a day use parking reservation or camp the night before. Capacity 12 people.
August 3: Mount OJI (Day Hike) Check out the new trail up Mount OJI! Supported by FBSP and built by Maine Conservation Corp, the new trail climbs to the saddle between OJO and West Peak then approaches the OJI summit from the west. Capacity 12 people. Host: Carla Ritchie
August 22 &23: Chimney Pond (Overnight) Join FBSP members at spectacular Chimney Pond. We’ve reserved the entire bunkhouse for tow nights. You can coordinate with other participants or plan your own itinerary. Capacity 10 people. Host: Henry Beeuwkes
Dates TBA: South Branch Pond: (Overnight)
Date TBA: Plant Hike with Glen Mittlehauser:
Glen Mittlehauser, lead botanist for the Plants of Baxter State Park Project, will lead us on an exploration of plant communities in the Park. Capacity 12 people.
Date TBA: Scientific Forest Management Area tour with Rick Morrill: Join BSP Resource Manager Rick Morrill for a guided tour of the SFMA. This 30,000-acre area is managed as working forest, providing income for the Park while protecting wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
Stay tuned! We will post dates and more details on this website and Facebook as soon as we have finalized the schedule.